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Hailing from the Sammamish Plateau, Shannon is a graduate of Redmond High School and the University of Washington, where she earned a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences.

Shannon's love for 'all things atmospheric' began as a 7-year-old, when her Bellevue elementary school covered a unit on weather. Famous local weatherman Harry Wappler came for a visit during their studies, and Shannon was hooked...she loved the weather and loved to talk, so what a perfect career: something that combined the two! Shannon enjoys the full circle experience of bringing weather education back into the classroom. She frequently visits area elementary schools with her traveling 'weatherwise' presentation, which enables the children to better understand concepts like pressure, clouds, precipitation and lightning as they assist her with various experiments. Her STEM outreach has been featured in publications by the Girl Scouts and Microsoft.

Before joining KOMO, Shannon was the morning meteorologist for seven years at the San Francisco NBC station, KNTV. While in the Bay Area, she filled in many times on the national level at MSNBC and Early Today, and enjoyed working alongside the Today Show's Al Roker.

She was also a meteorologist for KING and NWCN from 1995 to 2000, and again in 2008. While in college, Shannon worked as a weather producer at KOMO, and credits Steve Pool's relentless lessons in front of the green screen for helping her make the leap to on-camera work!

As an undergrad at the University of Washington, Shannon worked as a research assistant in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences for famed Professor Robert A. Houze, Jr.. Her duties included flying in P-3 aircraft over the Pacific to gather data designed to improve northwest storm forecasting, and launching radiosondes (weather balloons!) from the decks of NOAA research ships. She is now back in the Department assisting with various research projects, including the Olympex field campaign, a ground-based effort to calibrate and validate precipitation measurements made by the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) constellation of satellites over the Olympic Peninsula.

Shannon has received numerous awards in her field, including 'Best Meteorologist' by the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Women in Radio in Television in 2005 and 2006. She was part of the multiple Emmy-winning morning news program at KNTV, and has been featured in Men's Health magazine.

Shannon is working on a few pieces of children's literature that she hopes to publish to help benefit the National Sarcoidosis Foundation and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two little boys, and long-awaited baby girl (fittingly, born on the night of the first big fall wind storm in November 2010). In her spare time, Shannon enjoys reading, gardening, running, skiing and cooking.